26 February 2013

Somalia: Ten Somaliland Municipal Council Members Resign Over Disputed Elections

Ten Awdal municipal council members announced their resignations in Harirad on Monday (February 25th) over enduring disputes about the Somaliland municipal elections in November.

The members include seven from the Seyla municipal council and three from Lughaya.

"Our complaints about the election being stolen from us have been going on for three months," Seyla Councilman Gesh Adam Bile told Sabahi. "We have come to believe that the government has refused to investigate the complaints of our Issa tribe. Therefore, we have complied with the wishes of our tribe when they decided that [we should resign]."

He said the Somaliland administration has not allotted enough seats to his tribe and has given too many to non-residents. Lughaya has 13 municipal council seats, while Seyla has 17 members.

The 10 members did not take part in the swearing in of new members from the two districts and have not worked since the elections, he said.

In January, one person died in the Seyla election dispute and seven others were injured.

In December, one person was killed and four wounded in Borama during protests linked to the Seyla mayoral election.

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